It may surprise you to learn that Public Intoxication in Minnesota is not actually a crime–at least in and of itself. In fact, Minnesota Statute 340A.902 explicitly states: “ No person may be charged with or convicted of the offense of drunkenness or public drunkenness.” The language in this statute does not, however, mean that drunkenness does not play a role in many criminal charges and criminal consequences. Of course, several crimes may be committed while a person is drunk in public: DUI, Assault, Damage to Property, and Disorderly Conduct are just a few examples. In addition, Underage Drinking is not affected by Minnesota Statute 340A.902.
If you or a loved one is facing charges relating to public intoxication, contact a criminal defense attorney to learn more about the charges the state is bringing, the rights you have, and the options that are available.